Flora of the Nilgiris

Family : Convolvulaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)

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Rivea hypocrateriformis (Desr.) Choisy

Leaf arrangement

Alternate

Leaf Type

Simple

Leaf Shape

Leaf Apex

Obtuse

Leaf Base

Chordate

Leaf Margin

Entire

Habit : A climbing shrub.

Habitat and Distribution : Common in the plains from the coasts, in scrub jungles 900m, on hills. India and Nepal.

Indigenous Information : The tender leaves are added to the batter for dosa. This helps in indigestion and improves blood circulation in children.

Other relevent information : Tender shoots used as vegetables and used in preparing bread.

Field Tips : Flowers fading brown by mid-day. Bark thin grey. Wood soft in concentric circles.

 

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Names:

English : Common Night Glory
Irula : Musetai Kodi
Tamil : Musuttai kodi, Budthi kiray
Hindi : Phang

Flower:

Axillary, solitary or in cymes, fragrant, white. Flowering peaks from December-January.

Fruit :

A capsule. Seeds 4,  enclosed by enlarged and woody calyx lobes. Fruiting from January onwards.

All from Convolvulaceae
Flora of Nilgiri Biosphere (Northern Nilgiri Biosphere Reserve)